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January 26, 2011 City Council Minutes

This regular meeting of the Connellsville City Council was held this evening at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, Municipal Building, at 110 North Arch Street, Connellsville, PA. Attending this meeting was Mayor Matthews, Council members Geyer, Karpiak, Weaver and Ritch. Also attending this meeting was City Clerk Tesauro. Solicitor Mitchell was absent.

A moment of silence was observed following the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Suzanne Zampella led invocation.

VISITORS/PUBLIC COMMENTS:

Tom Currey, City Health and Code Officer informed City Council of the new Pennsylvania Law Act 90 on blighted properties. He also reminded Council that the Planning Commission approved the high school renovations. He noted the school representatives could not attend the meeting due to the weather.

CORRESPONDENCE: None

REGULAR AGENDA:

Resolution No. 1-1-2011: “To accept the minutes from the December 22, 2010 City Council Meeting.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-2-2011: “To waive the 4-day Resolution Rule to allow for items submitted after the 4-day rule to be read at the meeting tonight, such Resolutions will be marked with an asterisk.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Police Department Report

Appointed Acting Chief James Capitos to Chief of Police effective February 1, 2011

Resolution No. 1-3-2011: “To approve agreed terms of collective bargaining pursuant to Act 111 (43 Pa.C.S. §217.1) between the City of Connellsville and the Connellsville Police Officers’ Association extending the contact of the CPOA for a term of three years commencing January 1, 2011, pending legal review and approval by both parties.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-4-2011: “To hire Joseph Brandon Fichter as Patrolman effective February 1, 2011. This position is to be funded by the COPS Grant.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-5-2011: “To reappoint Samuel Spotto to the Connellsville Planning Commission, term to expire the first Monday of January, 2015.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-6-2011: “To reappoint Buddy Barrett to the Connellsville Senior Citizens Board of Directors for a Five Year term to expire the first Monday of January 2014.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-7-2011: “To reappoint John Lypson to the Recreation Board for a Five Year term to expire the first Monday of January 2016.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-8-2011: “To appoint Melissa Tzan to the Recreation Board for a Five Year term to expire the first Monday of January 2016.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-9-2011: “To accept the City of Connellsville’s Planning Commission approval of the submitted plans to renovate Connellsville Area High School.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-10-2011: “To sign a COOPERATION AGREEMENT Made as of this 26th day of January 2011, by and between the CITY OF CONNELLSVILLE, a municipal corporation, hereinafter referred to as “City”, and

The REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF CONNELLLSVILLE, a body corporate and politic created under the provisions of the Urban Redevelopment Law, maintaining its principal office in the City of Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, hereinafter referred to as the “Authority”.

WHEREAS, the New Communities (Main Street Program) will provide an annual grant for 3 years to the City of Connellsville; and

WHEREAS, the City has, designated the Authority to be it’s agent in preparing applications and administering said grants to assure that the City meets the “General Qualifications Criteria” contained in the law and regulations governing the program, and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate to here set forth an agreement on the terms under which the Authority and the City will perform their responsibilities.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

1. The Authority agrees to carry out the Program in accordance with the application as approved by the Department and the terms of the grant agreements between the City and the Authority. Specifically, it shall: (a) Prepare the application for the grant and take such further actions as may be necessary to obtain approval; (b) Be responsible for financial administration, including the requisition of funds, the maintenance of books of account, and the carrying out of audit procedures in accordance with the Single Audit Act of 1984; (c) Administer and supervise program activities for which the grants are provided in accordance with Federal and State laws and regulations governing the activities of the Authority, including, but not limited to, compliance with fair labor standards, prevailing wages, historic preservation requirements, environmental protection mandates, and the bidding, awarding, bonding, and execution of construction contracts; (d) Review and supervise the work of other agencies and bodies which have input in the execution of project activities; (e) Prepare all written materials and reports; and, (f) Recommend actions appropriate for the City to take in furtherance of the Program.

2. The City agrees that personnel of the Authority are hereby designated to perform functions that will include maintaining all accounts and requesting payments for costs related to projects covered under New Communities fiscal year contracts. To carry out this provision, the City has designated the Authority as a second payee for all New Communities contracts and accounts.

3. The Executive Director of the Authority is designated as the responsible official for carrying-out environmental requirements covered under New Communities fiscal year contracts.

4. The Authority agrees to keep the City informed in regard to the activities to be carried out in the City’s behalf.

5. Payments for eligible administrative costs as determined by the terms and conditions of the grant contract and Department rules and regulations, shall be made at such intervals as the Authority in its sole discretion shall determine.

6. It is specifically understood by the City that the Authority has no funds or other assets to support and sustain its existence and continued operation other than funds received by it from various sources which are reserved for specific purposes. Therefore, to comply with a requirement of the Department to insure the continued existence of the Authority for the purposes of its incorporation, the City agrees to reimburse the project or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for any expenditure found by the Department to be ineligible.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound hereby, have caused this Agreement to be duly executed the day and year first above written.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-11-2011: “To authorize the filing of a proposal for funds with the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

WHEREAS, the City of Connellsville is desirous of obtaining funds from the Department in the amount of $ 195,000.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Connellsville will assume the provision of the full local share of project costs. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Connellsville will reimburse the Commonwealth for the state’s share of any expenditures found by DCED to be ineligible. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the City of Connellsville is directed to execute a certificate attesting to the adoption of this Resolution and to furnish a copy of the resolution to the Department of Community and Economic Development.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

GEYER:

Resolution No. 1-12-2011: “To pay all bills/expenditures for goods/services in excess of $500, as submitted: Department of Environmental Protection, $500.00, annual permit fee.”

Glenn Wolfe of Widmer Engineering explained the resolution.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-13-2011: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $250.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through December 31, 2010 for the Police Pension Plan.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-14-2011: “To pay Mockenhaupt Benefits Group $250.00 for consulting, actuarial and administrative services through December 31, 2010 for the Fire Pension Plan.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-15-2011: “To pay the Pennsylvania Department of General Services the first of six yearly payments of $5,600 for the new Mortgage and Security Agreement for the Armory.”

Matthews stated we must still make payments until the Armory is sold. Geyer noted we renegotiated the Mortgage Agreement.

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

KARPIAK:

Public Works Report

Resolution No. 1-16-2011: “To enter into an agreement between Local Union 13836 (Street Department) and the City of Connellsville for a 3 year period ending December 31, 2013, pending legal review and approval by both parties.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-17-2011: “To hire John Pastors as a Laborer at a salary of $30,998.57, effective March 1, 2011.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-18-2011: “To partner to purchase a Tiger Fail Mower with grass cutter head and brush cutting head with Connellsville Township and South Connellsville Borough at a cost of $6,631.67 to the City of Connellsville.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

WEAVER:

Fire Department Report Health/Code Department Report New Haven Hose Report

Resolution No. 1-19-2011: “To accept Dennis A. Petrowski's letter of retirement from the Fire Department effective January 31, 2011.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-20-2011: “To accept William S. Mickey's letter of retirement from the Fire Department effective January 31, 2011.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Resolution No. 1-21-2011: “To certify the City of Connellsville’s intent to fully uphold and endorse Pennsylvania Act 90, The Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act, as passed by the State Legislator and signed by the Governor.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

RITCH:

Public Buildings and Recreation Report

CITY TREASURER REPORT:

CONTROLLER REPORT:

MAYOR MATTHEWS:

Resolution No. 1-22-2011: “To schedule an Executive Session at 6 PM on February 16, 2011 to discuss legal, personnel and contractual issues.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

Matthews thanked everyone for coming out and the Street Department for their work. He further thanked Melissa Tzan for serving on the Housing Authority and now the Recreation Department. He congratulated the Fire Department men, Denny Petrowski and Bill Mickey, on their retirement and thanked them for their years of service.

Matthews also thanked Councilman Ritch for all he has done with Council and for the community since he has been appointed.

Resolution No. 1-23-2011: “That this meeting of City Council does hereby adjourn.”

A vote upon the adoption of the resolution resulted as follows: Affirmative were Matthews, Weaver, Geyer, Ritch and Karpiak. The majority of the votes being affirmative, the resolution was adopted.

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